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Contact: Leslie McManus, editor, 309-207-0700,
Richard Backus, editor in chief: 785-274-4383,


Inside the May issue of Farm Collector, on newsstands April 21
Salvaging steam engines, restoring a Happy Farmer, collecting antique ice cream freezers and more


1916 Avery Steam Engine Salvaged from River — Ninety-two-year-old Forrest Pense’s dream comes true when a 1916 16 hp Avery steam engine is pulled from the Republican River near Scandia, Kan., where it sank in 1935. Ted McNamara and others from Minnesota’s Nowthen Historical Power Association make it happen — then spend seven years to painstakingly restore it. Page 14

Restoring a Little-known Happy Farmer 12-24 Model B — Father and son, Marshal and Randy Reysen of Wisconsin, meticulously restore a 1917 Happy Farmer 12-24 Model B. Page 20 

Yesterday’s Tools Make Today’s Sweet Treat — Jerry Volk of Crestline, Ohio, collects antique ice cream freezers and displays them at more than 20 tractor shows annually, making a fresh batch of homemade ice cream every day. Page 24 

Museum Hooks Visitors with Antique Hay Carriers and Pulleys — Doug de Shazer’s Lewis and Clark Pulley Museum in Crofton, Neb., features 90 hay carriers and several hundred barn pulleys manufactured from 1860-1950. Page 28 

History of the Syracuse Chilled Plow Co. — The Syracuse Chilled Plow Co. already had a deep-rooted foundation in history when Deere & Co. acquired the company in 1910. See how the company started. Page 12

… and much more 

About Farm Collector 
Farm Collector ( is a monthly publication celebrating vintage farm equipment. Since 1998, Farm Collector has featured unique collections, extensive renovation projects, early farm practices and related attractions. Enthusiasts also turn to Farm Collector for previews of notable shows and auctions, and extensive classified advertising. 

About Ogden Publications Inc. 
Ogden Publications Inc. ( is the leading information resource serving the sustainable living, rural lifestyle, farm memorabilia and classic motorcycle communities. Key brands include Mother Earth News, Natural Home, Utne Reader, Capper’s and Grit. Ogden Publications also provides insurance and financial services through its Capper’s Insurance Service division.

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